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As we venture into a fresh new year, the kitchenCRATE team is excited to share a recently completed project featuring the most popular up-and-coming kitchen remodel feature: quartz countertops.  Modesto and Reno kitchenCRATE customers are flocking to this material, due mostly to its incredible durability, sleek look, stain-resistance, heat-resistance and anti-microbial characteristics.

The project we’re profiling here uses Life Quartz Pebble Stone in conjunction with a beautiful travertine backsplash and oil-rubbed bronze plumbing fixtures and cabinet hardware.

Scroll down to hear the homeowner’s thoughts on the kitchenCRATE process and see an array of before and after images for this project!

The Homeowner’s Quartz Countertops, Modesto Experience

What was your favorite part of the kitchenCRATE process?

The whole process was great! It was easy for us to design the kitchen we wanted. KitchenCRATE was honest and up-front if things would be pricey additions. KitchenCRATE was willing to work around our schedule.

What was your favorite part about the kitchenCRATE team?

The genuine care that was taken in our remodel. You see the horror stories on HGTV, etc., when people promise fast renovations. The kitchenCRATE team was efficient, knowledgeable, and took genuine care of our project.

Was there anything about the process or project that surprised you?If so, what was it?

Nothing really surprised us other than the beauty of our new kitchen and bathrooms. We love everything about our decision. The price was doable, Jared and Aaron really took time to make sure we got exactly what was best for our remodel. The design team really made everything easy to pick out!

Before and After Pictures

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Day by Day Progress

(Note: We added a few extra days to our normal 7-day process to accommodate the owner-request add-ons, like these…)

Here’s how we did it:

Day 1 – Demo Day!  On this first day, we set up plastic walls to protect the home from dust, protected the path from the entry door to the kitchen with building paper, and then went to town removing the appliances, countertop, backsplash, plumbing fixtures, cabinet doors, and drawers.  We reinforced the plywood sub-tops with steel straps to support the new quartz countertops.  Toward the end of the day we created the template for the new quartz countertops, which take a few days to fabricate off-site.

Day 2 –The electrical team began the wiring for the new can lighting.  Six inch can lights were placed strategically around the kitchen to optimize the lighting over work spaces.  The kitchenCRATE team was on site to begin the cabinet modifications and bring in a new gas line to convert the electric range to gas. The cabinets above the range were modified to raise the microwave up creating more space between the cooktop and the bottom of the microwave.

Day 3 – Next, we used metal-stud framing to sheetrock the old lightbox and then hung and taped the sheetrock.

Day 4 – Since all the walls and the ceilings had been protected, our painters began preparing and priming the cabinets.  Using a high-grade, oil-based primer, every inch of the kitchen cabinets were caulked, sanded and primed.  This is the first (and perhaps most critical) step of creating a durable paint finish.

Day 5 – The painters then began refinishing the kitchen cabinets in this Modesto home and applied two coats of Kelly-Moore Dura-poxy paint in City Loft to the thoroughly sanded and primed cabinets.  This same priming and painting process was used on the doors and drawers, which are painted off-site in a climate-controlled paint booth for the highest possible quality.

Day 6 – The countertop installation team arrived to install the beautiful Kohler Vault stainless steel single bowl sink and the Life Quartz Pebble Stone quartz countertops with a bevel edge.

Day 7 – The tile backsplash artisans began installing the Bedrosians Torreon 3″ x 6″ tumbled and brushed travertine tiles with an accent strip of Bedrosians Manhattan Midtown glass and stone blend random interlocking tiles on the backsplash. This was grouted with Laticrete Mushroom grout.

Day 8 – The kitchenCRATE team was on site to paint the walls and ceiling. Kelly Moore Fossil was applied to the walls and Swiss Coffee to the ceiling.

Day 9 –  Lastly, the kitchenCRATE team installed the homeowner’s new appliances.  The transformation then hit the home stretch with the installation of the freshly-painted cabinet doors and drawers. The final day of the project included an array of “touch-up” items: all outlets and switches were replaced, the Kohler Ballera faucet and Kohler Traditional soap dispenser each with an oil-rubbed bronze finish were installed and the entire project was cleaned, top-to-bottom.

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Are you next?

Perhaps the Gagos Drive kitchen reminds you of your kitchen.  Perhaps you like the layout of your kitchen and the cabinets are in good condition, but you are ready for a completely new look and feel.  KitchenCRATE can make this happen in 7 days for less than $15,000.

Just click here to schedule your phone consultation using our on-line scheduling system.  Or feel free to call us direct during business hours at 888-995-7996!

Scott Monday is co-founder and CEO of kitchenCRATE and bathCRATE. Follow him on FacebookGoogle+ or Linked-In.